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PHOTO OF THE DAY - INDIA ARMY CONTRIBUTION TO WW I (1914-1918)

 
 
Date: 17 Feb 2015

 

During the period 1914 – 1918, over 1.5 million Indian soldiers went to war. They fought in all major theatres of war in Afghanistan & Persia. The gallant Indian Soldiers earned Eleven Victoria Cross, Five Military Cross, Nine hundred and seventy three Indian Order Of Merit & Three thousand one hundred and thirty Indian Distinguished Service Medals during the WW I. Twelve Cavalry Regiments, Thirteen Infantry Regiments & several other units of other Arms / Services participated in the Thirteen Campaigns of the WW I.


Within the first few weeks of the war, India supplied 70,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, 600,002 rifles, mortars and machine guns. Considerable quantities of shell cases were manufactured. The Army Clothing Department produced 41,920,223 garments between 1914 and 1918. A total of 2,737,862 tonnes of items such as rice, flour, atta, ghee, sugar, tea, tinned meat, grain and hay for animals, jam, biscuits and firewood were shipped from India up to March 1919.